Perhaps because we’ve been studying about saving turtles this week, Aesop’s fable came into my head. I wonder, does the story of The Tortoise and the Hare bother anybody else?
I mean really, do we want to raise our children to be a tortoise compared to a hare?
Here are several reasons I say, we should be hares:
1. At least the hare was confident enough to get something started. A slow pondering person might get the job done in the end, but who has the patience to wait on him? If the tortoise had picked up the speed to begin with, the hare wouldn’t have gotten so bored waiting. (I’m not sure why I wrote “him.”)
2. The hare got a lot of other things done on the way to finishing the race that day. The tortoise only finished one thing. We raised our children to work. Spending hours doing something that should be accomplished in a few minutes is not something to brag about (unless you’re an old dog learning a new trick).
3. At least the hare can be quick; the tortoise has to hope for the hare to get distracted or he has no other hope of winning. If you win something, don’t you hope it’s because you are the best? Most people don’t want to win because some accident occurred leaving them as the only candidate.
Today’s caviar: In what ways are you the tortoise? In what ways are you the hare? What’s your real tendency and why?
“In real life, it is the hare who wins every time. Look around you. And in any case, it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. Hares have no time to read. They are too busy winning the game.” Anita Brookner